The plans for an upcoming offensive are evidenced with changes in the structure of the illegal armed units. In particular, the number of motorized infantry brigades was reduced from three to two while the number of tank brigades was increased to two at the same time.
Russia’s latest military exercises near Ukraine borders, which included working out river crossing, are also a valid indicator.
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At the moment, the troops do not go on the offensive, while individual assault raids are allowed.
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As reported earlier, from the start of escalation near Avdiyivka on January 29, the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported 10 KIA and another 66 WIA.